Your Flying Future

Registration and Requirements 

Important Note: Due to the corona pandemic, it is not possible to apply for a training at the European Flight Academy at the moment. Training courses will not take place until further notice. Please contact our support via the hotline or email if you have any questions. Many thanks for your understanding!

The Best Path to Becoming a Pilot

European Flight Academy, the pilot school of the Lufthansa Group, stands for top-quality pilot training. We prepare you ab initio – from the beginning, without any prior training, and help you acquire your commercial pilot license in approximately two years. You are then qualified for the cockpits of the Lufthansa Group Airlines.


In a Cockpit within One Year

Should you meet the basic requirements, you are admitted to our selection procedure (at the moment the selection procedure is paused until further notice). Following this, you will discover a lot about yourself – successful applicants can then begin training at European Flight Academy. You’ll spend a year acquiring a theoretical foundation and then be ready to take to the skies in the cockpit of one of our training aircrafts at one of our training locations.

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Training Courses

ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

European Flight Academy allows you to acquire one of two internationally recognized commercial pilot licenses. Both lead you directly to one place: the cockpit.


ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

The classic training course: within approx. 20–22 months, you will complete your training. You first learn to fly in a single-person cockpit, then in a multi-crew cooperation. You will receive your type rating and landing training from your employer following the training. Your training at a glance:

MPL: Multi-Crew-Pilot License

The alternative to the ATPL license is the MPL license. Here, a greater focus is placed from the beginning on a two-person cockpit (multi-crew cooperation). You graduate line-ready after approx. 24 months, already having specialized in an aircraft type. The MPL training at a glance:

Training Courses at a Glance

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Permanent EU & CH residence and work permit and unrestricted passport

18 years of age at the beginning of training

Unrestricted medical fitness (verification not necessary at the time of application)

Fluent English

Fluent German

German level B2 (recommended) or one of the following languages level B2: Dutch, Italian or French

School degree that quali­fies you to attend university (such as “Abitur,” “Matura”, “Baccalauréat”, VWO/HAVO etc.)

Training Courses at a Glance

Course of Training



Approx. 2 years (20-22 months, type rating in addition)

Approx. 2 years (24-28 months, incl. type rating)


Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR), "frozen" Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), also allowing operations in a single-person cockpit

Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) + type rating


Within the Lufthansa Group, allows you to fly for Eurowings

Allows you to fly for Lufthansa Airline as well as every Lufthansa Group Airline

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Are you interested in becoming a pilot? Currently, it is not possible to apply for a training at the European Flight Academy. But you can create a job subscription; you will receive a notification once there is an update regarding our selection process.

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Do you still have questions?

How long does the pilot training take? How high are the costs? Do I need to be especially athletic? Here, you’ll find all you need to know on pilot training.

How can I pay for my living costs? Is it possible to have a job alongside the pilot training?

Our pilot training is designed to be a full-time activity. Successfully completing it depends on a high level of focus. We thus do not recommend taking on any additional employment during the training. Should you need assistance in covering the cost of living, it may be possible for you to apply for government assistance under the German BAföG program.

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How old do I need to be when starting pilot training?

You need to be at least 18 years old when beginning the training. Please note that you can already submit your application for our MPL program when you are 17 years of age; for our ATPL program, you need to be 18 years old to apply.

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Can I become a pilot without perfect sight?

Yes, not all pilots have 20/20 vision. Your eyesight will be assessed by a doctor as part of your medical.

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